Concealers

LA Girl Pro Concealer

LA Girl Cosmetics has finally arrived in Ireland and with it, it has brought it’s very hyped about Pro Concealer for me to try. I’ve literally been wanting to try this concealer ever since I saw Tati from GlamLifeGuru rave about it on her YouTube Channel and to be honest, I’ve been following Tati for roughly three years now and love most if not all of her makeup and beauty recommendations so I knew this was a must have for me when I saw it in stores.

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I didn’t like it. Shocker, I know. I was genuinely expecting to love this product considering it comes in a cute little squeezy tube that has a nice brush tip applicator-you get 18mls of product for less than 5 euros, but, and there is a but,  I found the consistency of it and the coverage of it way to thin and watery for my liking. It literally didn’t do anything for me so I ended up using another concealer on over it …which kinda defeated the purpose of using it really.

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Colour wise, they have a large selection. Major brownie points for them in my book for that alone. More brands need this kind of selection when it comes to their face products. Unfortunately the pigmentation wasn’t there, it didn’t cover my dark circles and it didn’t get rid of the redness of the few pimples I tend to get when it’s my time of the month.

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If you are looking for a concealer that’s around this price point but works in my opinion then check out the Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection and the Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer which are both available at Boots.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers, Foundations

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation

I’ve never been a fan of Rimmel London foundations. I’ve always found them too light in coverage for my skin. That said, recently I’ve been seeing the new ad for their latest foundation called Lasting Finish Breathable and the ad did exactly what it was designed too and that is it captured my attention and my interested was peaked. It peaked so much that the next day I headed straight to Boots and picked it and the matching concealer to it, up.

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The foundation comes in the exact same glass bottle all Rimmel foundations do except this one has a silver lid to it. On the bottle the many claims say that this foundation lasts for 25 hours (*rolls eyes*) and is medium coverage. I have to say I really like this foundation. It has a nice light texture to it that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Coverage wise I would say it’s light but it can definitely be built up to the medium coverage that they claim it has though you do need to use quite a lot of product to get it there.

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The only two things I don’t like about this foundation is the longevity of it and the applicator. This does not stay on the skin for 25 hours, not even close to it. At most I can keep it on my normal skin for roughly 6 hours before it begins to slowly disappear (have no clue where it goes). As for the applicator, it’s got the same issue as the dropper applicator of the Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation in that when you pull it out of the bottle it’s covered in product, so when you go to put it back in, the product on the applicator goes over the sides of the rim of the bottle. Disaster.

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The matching concealer to the foundation is simply beautiful. It’s what the foundation should have been. It’s got a nice light texture that blends beautifully into the skin and looks lovely under the eyes as well as over blemishes. The coverage of it is a nice medium and can definitely be built up to full by added thin layers. The sponge tip is nice and soft, though it doesn’t work at all for blending it out.

SAM_4157The only real issue with the concealer is it’s packaging. You have to make sure that you hold the concealer by the white bit above the plastic lid when trying to open it. If you simply hold it by the tube, it will cause you to squeeze it and send product flying everywhere so I do wish they had put a screw on cap instead of a clicky one. I have this concealer in the shade 100 Fair and I believe there is six shades in total. Price is 7.99 euros.

I honestly think that if you’re looking for a foundation just to wear going into town or running quick errands than this is a nice choice especially for the price (10.99 euros). The concealer is a great option in my opinion if you’re looking for a new one to try, I highly recommend it as it gives great coverage and doesn’t have any real flaws other than it’s packaging design.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

A few posts back I did a nice little review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and so it only really make sense for me to also include a review of the Naked Skin Concealer on my blog.

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Truth be told the concealer is just as good as the foundation if not better. The packaging of it is reminiscent of the foundation, where basically if you Naked Skin Foundation bottle tiny you would get the concealer tube packaging. It comes with a wand applicator that has a flatten doe-foot sponge on the end of it.

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I personally find that this has way too much product on it when you initially pull it out of the tube but I just wipe the excess off using the sides of the opening of the tube and then the amount is perfect. Shade wise I am Fair/Neutral and as far as I know this is the lightest of all the shades available.

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The coverage of the concealer is way higher than the coverage you get with the foundation. This is a very heavy duty concealer and works brilliantly on both the under-eyes and blemishes/spots. I typically like blending this out with a dampen sponge though I also find using a brush works perfectly also.

Price wise this concealer comes in at 23 euros which on comparison with other high end concealer prices, really isn’t that expensive.

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Isadora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

I’ve been on a mission as of late in trying to find the lightest base possible for the hot summer months that are supposedly meant to make an appearance any day now in Ireland. My favourite so far has been my recently reviewed CC Cream by Artistry (link below) however that one isn’t the easiest product to get nor is the cheapest by any means.

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I’ve seen a lot of people raving about the Isadora Cover Up foundation and concealer on twitter (follow me: @SooSoBeauty) and so I thought it was about time I put my bottle of it to the test. I will let you guys know that I have this foundation in the shade 64 Classic Cover which is way to dark for my skin tone but I tried it out anyway just so I could see what the formulation and longevity was like.

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The foundation comes in this nice squeezy tube bottle that has a pump which automatically gives it major brownie points in my book. The texture of it when I initially pumped it out was very thick but it sheers out nicest when you apply it with a dampened sponge. I haven’t tried applying this with a brush yet but I don’t think I will as I think it will just go on to thick, and why fix what isn’t broken right?

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This foundation lasted all day on my skin and it definitely has a medium coverage that can be built up to a high coverage fairly easily. I personally found it nessacary to use a concealer with it but I thin if you don’t suffer from any dark circles (which I do) or blemishes then you can most certainly skip the concealer step with how high a coverage this foundation has.

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Finish wise it definitely had a bit of a dewy shine to it that I personally like especially during the summer. I think with a nice powder though even oily skin peeps can get away with using this foundation nicely. A bottle of this foundation retails for 19.95 euros which is definitely affordable when compared to the 46 euros of the Artistry CC Cream and is available in Shaws Stores here in Ireland & at Isadora counters International.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Concealers, Foundations

Perfect Summer Base

I recently posted a blog post all about the 🌿Artistry Essentials Range 🌿 which is an incredible skincare range that’s nice and light on the skin, perfect for the warmer months. To go with using such nice light skincare, it only makes sense than to use something light as your foundation base. The new CC Cream from Artistry is a great option in my opinion and team it up with their Exact Fit concealer and you’ve got a flawless base without the heavy weight.

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The CC Cream comes in a total of three different shades and can be used multiple ways. The way I personally use it is on it’s own as my base. It has a really gorgeous illuminating effect on the skin and in the sun I honestly found it to literally sparkle it was so brighten for my complexion. It contains an SPF of 50, which I was worried would create flashback but it doesn’t.

The CC cream can also be worn as a priming product underneath a more heavier coverage foundation so you don’t have to worry that your going to be buying a makeup product solely to be used during the summer months. It can be worn all year round if you wish. I will say this make my T-Zone, which tends to get slightly oily in the summer, become oilier quicker so I probably wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin types.

The shade that I have is LIGHT and it’s definitely a perfect match to my skin tone. I personally found it best applied on the skin with a dampened sponge. The amount that you see in the above picture is the amount I use for half of my face. I found that a littleof this goes a long way, and with it retailing for 46.60 euros it really should.

To go with the idea of beautifully flawless, fresh skin, Artistry have released their Exact Fit Concealer. Now I have this concealer in the shade LIGHT and even so it is a tad bit dark on me but I made it work by applying it under my foundation rather than over as I normally do. Just something to keep in mind as you might want to go a shade lighter than what you would normally go for when choosing a shade in this concealer.

The concealer comes in the most elegant of packaging that really is standard for Artistry as a brand. It has a built in mirror and the applicator is a flatten doe-foot. The constancy of this concealer is nice and light however I personally didn’t like it under my eyes. I found it really drying and as the day wore on it started to cake and settle in my fine lines even though it claims not to.

I have tried this concealer for covering up blemishes and it works a dream. Because it has almost a velvety matte finish to it, it doesn’t move throughout the day. So once you cover your spot/pimple using it that it, you wouldn’t be seeing that again until you remove your makeup at the end of the day. A tube of this retails for 27.55 euros and it comes in four different shades as well as a brightener shade which is probably the shade I would go for, for us lighter skin toned girls.

Let me know in the comments below your go to summer foundation/bb cream/cc cream. I personally love the CC cream from Artistry and once this tube is finished, I would definitely purchase it again and again. The concealer not so much though I think I might try out the brightener shade.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Concealers

YoungBlood Concealer

I normally only use concealer for one of two things; to conceal the never fading dark circles that permanently reside under my eyes and to remove the redness that hugs the curves on my nose. I have normal to combination skin which I’m very grateful for as it means I rarely get spots. For under my eyes my preference has always been towards liquid concealers such as the Urban Decay Naked Skin or the BarryM Flawless Light however I have found that layering a cream over them can give me more coverage which makes for more of a flawless finish. Not all cream concealers work for this, some are too heavy and some tend to cake, but neither of these can be said about the YoungBlood Ultimate Concealer.

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YoungBlood Cosmetics is a mineral cosmetics brand meaning they don’t use any harsh or unbeneficial chemicals in the making of their products. Their concealer comes in this simply, no-nonsense pot that has a mirror (major brownie points) for on the go, making it perfect for the handbag. The consistence of the concealer is nice an thick but it can be sheered out and blended easily just by warming it with your fingers before applying it.

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I personally love using this with a dampened sponge for application as it uses less product and makes for a more flawless finish. The concealer retails for 27 euros and I have it in the shade Tan which surprisingly works for me though when I repurchase I will definitely be picking it up in a shade lighter.

-Talk Soon xx

Youngblood Website

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

 

Collections

Essence Christmas: The Little X-Mas Factory

Much like my post on Charlotte Tilbury: Christmas which showcases everything she is bring out as gifts for the Christmas holidays, today I bring you Essence’s Holiday collection which just happens to the have the adorable name of The Little X-Mas Factory. This collection really is a great if your looking for Stocking fillers especially because everything is beautifully packaged and presented and of course it has that Christmas feel to them as well. As always with these kinds of posts that I do, images and prices will be below and I hope it helps you with deciding what to get your loved ones this holiday season.

-Talk Soon xx

Eyeshadow Palette
Price:
4.95 euros
North Pole Express Delivery

“Melting away! The eyeshadow palette with five shimmering colors creates stunning eye make-up styles-and the pressing on the texture is sure to make your heart melt, too.”

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Liquid Gold Eyeliner
Price:
3.50 euros
Ho-Ho-Ho

“Golden times. The liquid eyeliner with a long applicator creates golden eyeliner styles for a glamourous look.”

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LipTint
Price:
3.80 euros
All I Want For X-Mas is You

“Under the mistletoe! The liptint stains the lips in a gorgeous bright pink that is sure to last”

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2-in-1 Core Concealer
Price:
3.50 euros
Elf-Approved!

“Elfin beauty! An elf-like complexion is not a problem thanks to the concealer-the transparent core evens out irregularities while the nude texture covers up impurities of the skin.”

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Contouring Palette
Price:
4.10 euros
Elf Yourself!

“Fabulous face. The palette contains a dark color for shading and a highlighter shade to accentuate the features. With a cute gift-bow pattern on the surface of the texture.”

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Nail Polish
Price:
2.50 euros
Available in 4 shades.

“Christmas Colors. Gold with a foil finish, white with a light shimmer as well as pink and pine without an effect are Santa’s favourites.”

I Still believe in Santa Claus

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Santa Baby

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Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

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Nail Jewellary Stickers
Price:
1.60 euros
Santa’s Back in Town

“Bling-bling! The stickers create a gold net on the surface of the nails to turn them into true gems.”

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Super Rich Mini Hand Cream
Price:
1.90 euros
Available in 2 scents

Delicious care. The two hand creams with a vanilla and cookie fragrance come in a practical mini-size to pamper the hands of all hardworking Christmas helpers.”

Holiday Hugs

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Mistletoe Kisses

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Perfume (Eau de Toilette)
Price:
5.95 euros
It’s Magic

“Smells like x-mas. The warm, sweet fragrance is reminiscent of the wintery atmosphere of cozy, beautifully decorated Christmas markets. Chocolate-Cranberry and nectarine in the top note, freesia and peonies in the middle note and caramel, vanilla and tonka bean in the base note are the characteristic ingredients of this eau de toilette.”

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Essence™.